Thursday, 11 April 2013

Guest post by Tracy March + Giveaway

You all know what a big fan I am of sport romances, so when I saw that one of Entangled Publishing's brand new release The Practice Proposal by Tracy March (the first in the Suddenly Smitten - a new contemporary romance series by Tracy March) featured a sexy baseball player with a heart of gold, I couldn't have been more excited! So please give a warm welcome to Tracy as she stops by to tell us about why she just can't resist athlete heroes, and you might even win some terrific prizes! ;-) 

Who Can Resist a Hot Athlete?
by Tracy March

Not me! When Stella kindly invited me to visit today, she asked me to chat about my favorite subject…EVER—the appeal of the athlete hero! I’ve swooned over many more athletes than Hollywood actors, hands down. No contest. Game over!

David Beckham
So what is it about those athletes that heat up my blood? It’s more than a pretty face, and more than a tightly muscled body fine-tuned to perform reality-defying sports feats. The chiseled faces and hot bodies are a great start, for sure, and the fit of their uniforms are an added bonus. But what gets me most is the intensity of top-level athletes—the incredible commitment to physical fitness and mental discipline that keeps them among the elite in their sport.

Take those incredible attributes and give them to a romance hero, and wanna-be-heroines will line up like eager teenagers at an American Idol audition! What woman wouldn’t want to experience the raw intensity of being involved with an accomplished athlete? Give him some sensitivity, a sense of humor, a dose of humility, a kind heart, and a forgivable flaw or two, and you’ve got an irresistible hero. A little swagger is required, too, but no overblown egos are allowed unless our lovable hero is set to become humble during the story.

Derek Jeter
And many athletes have overcome obstacles that make their journey to greatness that much more intriguing. Perhaps they’ve struggled from an underprivileged upbringing and beaten the odds. Maybe they’ve suffered an injury and fought their way back into competitive shape—or better. This is where their determination comes in to play, and when those athlete heroes get their hearts set on a heroine, nothing will stand in their way. And watch out when they turn on the romance…when they channel all of that intensity, things are bound to get smokin’ hot!

How about you? Are you game for athlete heroes? What about them makes you swoon?

Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Look for Tracy's contemporary romance debut, THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL, in March 2013, and her romantic thrillers, GIRL THREE, in April 2013, and A SHOT OF RED in spring 2014, all from Entangled Publishing.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.

Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA. They recently spent two years living in Washington D.C., and enjoy visiting often—especially when the Nats are in town.

Connect with Tracy at her Website - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads

The Practice Proposal by Tracy March

Book #1 in the Suddenly Smitten series

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?


There are TWO giveaways:

Tour-wide Giveaway

Entangled Publishing has generously offered a Kindle Paperwhite. This giveaway is restricted to residents of USA/Canada only.

To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
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Blog Giveaway

Entangled Publishing has generously offered a Practice Proposal Bracelet for a US/Canada commenter:

and an ebook copy of The Practice Proposal by Tracy March to a lucky international commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and answer Tracy's question: How about you? Are you game for athlete heroes? What about them makes you swoon?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 19 April 2013!

Good Luck!

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